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City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

Yesterday, after months of fighting in court, the City was forced to release 5 recorded phone conversations between Officer’s Adam Ickes, Thomas Warwick, and the now fired Lt. Michael Janiskee. These conversations were related to a November...

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Outcry over police stop, housing funds packs City Commission

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-12-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. was packed to overflowing with people sitting in the aisles, standing in the corners and spilling out into the hallway. Concerns over cuts to housing funding and a recent...

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In Grand Rapids, equity work is co-opted for influence

by (balexander)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under OPINION

In the age of co-opted movements for the sake of advertisements gone terribly wrong (hey Pepsi, what's good?), the best way to look at a community’s commitment to equity is to look at the way it treats its organizers. My time in Grand...

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New web show holds first live taping event

by (MixedReviewsGR)

Submitted 03-14-2017 under NEWS

The new web show Mixed Reviews Grand Rapids will tape its next episode, about gentrification in Grand Rapids, in front of a live audience this Thursday. After the initial conversation between the two guests, the audience will be invited to interact...

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Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion recently facilitated by MiBiz, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As Grand Rapidians head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows...

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Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

Part 4 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and whites in Grand Rapids. As I continue the conversation in...

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Urban Roots looks to dig deeper than soil, investigate inequities, land use

by (carly.schweppe)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

Urban Roots is an urban agriculture organization that sits among the houses in the Madison neighborhood in the city of Grand Rapids. They grow fresh vegetables on their community farm at 1316 Madison and have a farm stand on Thursdays. And according...

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In age of Trump candidacy, understanding racism is crucial

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 10-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

On October 18, Partners for a Racism-Free Community will host the first part of a new series we have launched called Building Blocks centered on understanding the fundamentals of racism. In our particular line of work, we know addressing racism...

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Celebrating Loving Day in Grand Rapids and its legacy in justice

by (balexander)

Submitted 06-07-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Ever since I can remember I have been hopelessly in love with love. I would regularly consume the Disney fairytales as a child where men were always coming to the princess’s rescue. I had this addiction to the anime series "Sailor Moon,...

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State of the State: Public Act 4 Must Go

by (balexander)

Submitted 01-24-2016 under OPINION

I’m parched – but it’s not because I’m living in a place like Flint where I must pay for polluted water while also purchasing clean water for consumption – it’s because I read the Governor’s State of the...

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